Damn! My Laptop Crashed This Morning

What a bummer. My Dell laptop model 3358 (old and no longer supported) hard drive crashed this morning as hard drives are bound to do over time.

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Way Too Much Time Shopping For A New Desktop Calculator

Photo credit: Caleb Holden

How much time does a person need to shop online for a new desktop calculator? Well apparently if you are me today (Wednesday, August 26th, 2020), you need more than an hour… and if you are picky as hell like I am, you won’t find one that suits you either. It’s not like I actually need a new calculator. In fact, I have one sitting right in front of me on my home office desk… but you know how it is right, when you get it in your head that the one you have is “not good enough”. So apparently I’m in the market for a new calculator, and my search for one continues on to another day because I’ve wasted enough time this morning shopping.

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Remembering The Old Days Of Social Media At Talk City

Photo credit: Vitor Pinto. Color effects by David Thrift.

It’s Tuesday morning, August 25th, 2020 at 4:25 AM CST as I begin writing this. A thought (memory) just popped in my mind about the very first website (that I remember and participated in) that served as a social media network, before social media really became mainstream. I think it even existed before Myspace came along. I’m talking about Talk City (talkcity.com – which is still on the internet as of this blog post, but with a near blank page now referencing chat rooms on Delphi Forums).

The Talk City that I remember from around 1998 (give or take a few years), was a simple website in it’s structure, but gave it’s users the ability to follow, comment, chat, etc. The thing I remember most about it was that when you made connections in that network, you could make some really good connections that mattered. Well you can do that today still on the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I guess there was just something about Talk City that sticks with you, even after many, many years since it’s network went down.

I checked the forums that were linked on the talkcity.com website which appear to be active, although I can’t imagine the forums could possibly be as fun as the old Talk City was. Maybe I’ll check them out one day and see.

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My Top 4 Music Genres According To Spotify

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It’s Monday night, August 24th, 2020 at 11:39 PM CST, as I begin to write this. I was just sitting at my desk in my home office browsing Spotify to find some new music to listen to. As I clicked over to the search page on Spotify, I noticed at the top of the page, it showed that my top genres are Dance / Electronic, Rock, Pop, and Country, all in that order. It is small pieces of information like that which makes me enjoy using the Spotify service so much, and seeing those genres listed in that order is an accurate depiction of my music listening habits over the last 5 years or more. My listening habits have shifted more into EDM and trance music more than anything these days.

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